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Autumn is a great time to enjoy permissions, especially Asian permissions: In Japan, these are called kaki (柿) while in Korea they’re called gam (감). In Japan, they come in two basic types: bitter permissions (渋柿, shibugaki) and sweet permissions … Continue reading
Hello, I follow astronauts from NASA and JAXA (Japan’s version of NASA) on Twitter, and one astronaut, Wakata Koichi (若田 光一), posted this really interesting message from the International Space Station (ISS): We just saw Mt. Fuji just after orbital … Continue reading
I read in the news a year ago that Seven-Eleven Japan had bought out its parent company, Seven Eleven in the US in 1991, and plans to expand in the US and raise the quality of its stores. I was … Continue reading
Recently I finished and interesting book (started in Spring) titled The Confucian Kingship in Korea: Yôngjo and the Politics of Sagacity. This book looks at the life of a certain Korean king named Yeongjo (1694-1776, 영조/英祖) of the Joseon Dynasty … Continue reading
Lately we’ve been watching1 the NHK morning drama Gochisosan (ごちそうさん) which takes place in Osaka. In the past I wrote about the Kansai Dialect, but since then I can listen/understand Japanese more easily than before. I’m certainly not fluent, but … Continue reading
I’ve been reading other Buddhist books lately too. For example, I’ve been re-reading a book by the Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, called Finding Our True Home. I read this book years ago and didn’t like it that much but … Continue reading
A while back, I found this excellent guide to toilets in Korea by the good folks at Seoulistic. Much of this also applies to Japan too. If you travel/live in either place, this is important information of course. When going … Continue reading
I haven’t talked about Korean stuff in a while (too busy with work and baby), but I found this interesting article by the Yonhap News Agency. This is about a festival to celebrate the Korean Buddhist Canon or Tripitaka Koreana. … Continue reading
Our second child is now more than a week old, and we are adjusting to the new routine. The first week was really, really busy. We stayed in the hospital for 2 nights, 3 days so my wife could recover … Continue reading